Liberty & Co Arts & Crafts English Oak Desk Designed by Leonard Wyburd c. 1920

SKU0020438

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Features

An Arts & Crafts English Oak desk, made by Liberty & Co. to a design by Leonard Wyburd (1865-1958). A very striking and unusual design by this iconic interior designer and furniture designer, providing an exceptional stylish work area with plenty of room for storage, featuring:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Hinged top revealing three compartments
  • Central compartment with leather-mounted drop-down slope revealing pigeon holes and a drawer
  • Single drawer with heart shaped escutcheon (made with single plank front, solid drawer carcass joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid base)
  • Open compartment and hinged lower door with single plank fielded panel surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons
  • Shelves to both ends
  • Handmade wrought hinges and handles
  • Natural oil based finish

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • overall width 149 cm (4 feet 10 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 43 cm (1 foot 5 inches)
  • overall height 133 cm (4 feet 4 and a quarter inches)
  • writing surface height 78 cm (2 feet 6 and three quarters inches)
If you need a very exact dimension, or one we haven't included, feel free to contact us and we will measure it for you

Date

c. 1920

Identification

Ivorine 'Liberty And Co.' label (matching figure 8.20, page 301 in 'Liberty's Furniture 1875 - 1915: The Birth of Modern Interior Design' by Daryl Bennett, Antique Collector's Club 2012) on the back. See also Sworders 20th Century Design Auction 29 Jan 2019 Lot 40 for the same design

Condition

Very good condition with tight joints, snugly closing doors, smoothly sliding drawer, free from woodworm and good colour. Leather pad a little worn, keys not present, some ink marks in the pigeon holes. If you wish to have further specific photographs or talk to us for a more detailed condition report then please do not hesitate to contact us

About Liberty & Co

Liberty & Co: A Prestigious Company in the Design and Marketing of Arts and Crafts Furniture. Renowned for its imaginative design, high quality craftsmanship and famous London based retail location, it has produced some of the most desirable furniture of modern times

About English Oak

English Oak: The most British of woods, that can produce really special results. English oak has been used for hundreds of years to construct everything from sea-going vessels to fine furniture. Although oak grows widely across Europe and North America, craftsmen continue to cherish English oak which grows more slowly than its foreign counterparts giving it strength, durability. Quarter sawn boards are very straight grained and have distinctive growth rings and medullary rays that give a very beautiful effect as well as being renowned for their superior stability and strength

About Arts & Crafts Other Furniture

The Arts and Crafts Movement produced some of the most remarkable furniture of the twentieth century. Many of its principal designers were architects motivated by principles of functional and beautiful design, high class workmanship, and quality of materials. The results varied from the austerity of Voysey and the simple lines perspectives of the Cotswold School, to the exuberant flair of Liberty and Co. and Ambrose Heal

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